Ahmara Ross, MD PhD

Clinical Ophthalmology

Vice Chair for Inclusion & Diversity

Ahmara Ross, MD PhD is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Vice Chair for Inclusion & Diversity, Vice Chair for the Department of Ophthalmology and a Principal Investigator in a basic science laboratory dedicated to unraveling the genetic underpinnings of glaucoma and leveraging this knowledge to create innovative treatments for optic neuropathies. Her goal is to ensure that alongside our evolving comprehension of biological mechanisms and the development of precise therapies for glaucoma, we concurrently investigate the root causes behind the healthcare disparity that disproportionately impacts underrepresented populations diagnosed and treated with glaucoma. Her approach is threefold:

1) Utilize institutional leadership role to advocate for equitable care through scientifically validated outcomes

2) Play a central role in mentoring emerging vision scientists and potential academic leaders in ophthalmology with a concentration in improving under-represented minorities in leadership development

3) Developing mindfulness about inclusive leadership and barriers to equitable care

4) Ensuring diversity in clinical trials and patient-centered investigations